Status Report

Position Opening: NASA Supervisory Historian, History Division, NASA HQ

By SpaceRef Editor
August 17, 2009
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Location: Washington, DC, United States
Institution Type: Government
Position Type: Director
Submitted: Friday, August 14th, 2009

Main Category: Director: Center or Program

Secondary Categories: 
History of Science/Medicine/Technology

Department: US National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Agency: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Sub Agency: History Division
Job Announcement Number: HQ09B0189

Supervisory Historian

SALARY RANGE: 102,721.00 – 153,200.00 USD /year

OPEN PERIOD: Friday, August 14, 2009 to Thursday, August 27, 2009

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0170-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent appointment

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15 DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to all qualified U.S citizens. This announcement combines a merit promotion and a competitive announcement in one advertisement. Applications will be accepted from status and non-status candidates. Status candidates, including NASA term employees eligible for conversion under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, will be considered under merit promotion procedures. Non-status candidates will be considered under competitive procedures.


NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The position is located in the NASA Office of External Relations History Division. This position manages the NASA History Division to assure the establishment and integration of necessary planning, programming and coordination of the NASA History Program.

NASA uses the USAJobs resume as the basic application document. NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of about six typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters (including spaces). You cannot complete the application process if your USAJobs resume is too long. More information about the NASA application process is also available under the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.


Provides guidance to other historical researchers in developing historical studies and conducting research. Researches, evaluates, documents, and preserves the institutional memory of the agency. Identifies gaps in historical documentation and aggressively seeks out needed information that is important to the agency’s history.

Serves as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) on numerous book contracts with outside historians on projects in involving the Agency’s history.

Researches, writes, and delivers speeches to civic organizations, historical conferences, and agency related audiences concerning the historical topic of study. Also researches and writes material suitable for professional publication, and background material to support senior management decision-making and oral presentations.

Studies typically include a variety of fields of history and are to be used as the basis for the planning and development of regional programs for the acquisition, preservation, restoration, reconstruction, and interpretation of physical evidences of major historical significance. Provides guidance to other historical researchers in developing historical studies and conducting research.


A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
Occasional travel may be required
This is a drug-testing designated position
Position subject to random drug testing
Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance


Basic Education Requirement:
A. Degree: history; or related field that includes at least 18 semester hours in history.


B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in history, or a major in a related field that includes at least 18 semester hours in history, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-14 Specialized experience is defined as: experience in historical research methodology and scholarly writing and/or editing in the fields of history, history of science or science studies. Experience serving as a Contracting Officer’s Technical representative (COTR) is also desirable.

GS-15 Specialized experience is defined as: experience in developing historical studies and conducting research of history. Experience in developing written historical materials for professional publication

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NASA’s Resume Operations Center
Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812

For questions about this job:
Melissa G. Small
Phone: 202-358-1744

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